THIS WEEK: Dakota State (6-16 overall record, 0-5 Association of Independent Institutions conference record) plays their final home regular-season game on Wednesday night. The Lady T's welcome the nationally-ranked Mayville State (N.D.) (19-2, 8-1 A.I.I.) with a tip-off starting at 5:30 p.m. at DSU Fieldhouse. 'Blue-Out' night will be held as well as the Lady T's seniors will recognized their season after the conclusion of the game. On Saturday, the Lady T's kick off their three-game road stretch, visiting Midland (Neb.) (9-17) of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Events Center in Fremont, Neb.
BLUE OUT NIGHT: Fans are encouraged to wear blue clothing/apparel for the Blue-Out night at the DSU Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. Blue Out night help to raise cancer awareness.
HAMBLIN NAMED TO COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 6: Courtney Hamblin was selected to the CoSIDA (College of Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-District 6. This was her second straight year that she had received this prestigious honor.
LADY T'S SENIORS: Four Dakota State Lady T's seniors will be playing their final collegiate career home basketball game at the DSU Fieldhouse on Wednesday night. The seniors will be recognized after the conclusion of the women's game. The seniors on the Lady T's team are Courtney Hamblin, Yui Onodera, Brittany Rosberg and Toni Zirbel.
DSU VS. RANKED TEAMS: Dakota State is seeking their first win against a team ranked in the NAIA 'Top 25' this season. DSU will be facing their third straight opponent that are ranked in the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Coaches' 'Top 25' national poll on Wednesday night. The Lady T's already played eight teams that are ranked in the Top 25 this season. Mayville State is currently ranked No. 18 in the national poll and had won 15 games in the last 16 games (lost to Jamestown, N.D. 79-61 on Jan. 20).
CHASING 1000 POINTS: Junior Kylie Westover is 76 points away to join the 1000-point club at Dakota State. She has accumulated a total of 924 career point as a Lady T. She recorded 233 points in her freshman season, 335 points in her sophomore year and 356 points this season. She is averaging 15.5 points this season and ranks 50th in the nation. Westover ranks 50th in 3-point field goals made per game (2.0). She is currently fourth in the Lady T's record book for career 3-pointers with 157.
DSU RANKS: According to the DakStats statistical website as of Tuesday, Dakota State ranks sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (45.1 percent). The Lady T's are eighth in the nation in blocks per game (4.7). DSU ranks 11th in the nation in total blocks (104), 14th in assists per game (16.9), 15th in free-throw percentage (73 percent), 34th in total assists (371), 37th in scoring offense per game (70.5) and 43rd in assist/turnover ratio of 0.8.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State dropped three games last week. The Lady T's lost to in-state rival Mount Marty on Jan. 29 by the score of 85-77 in Yankton. DSU traveled to Mayville, N.D. on Jan. 30 and earned a slim 25-24 halftime lead. The Comets outscored the Lady T's 42-30 in the second-half to gain a 66-55 victory. Dakota State returned home on Feb. 2 versus No. 15 Jamestown (N.D.). The Lady T's lost to the Jimmies by the score of 82-70. Mayville State defeated two former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) foes last week in Mayville, N.D. The Comets used a second-half surge to defeat Dakota State last Wednesday by the score of 66-55. Mayville State overcame another first-half struggle to defeat then-No. 24 Valley City State (N.D.) on Feb. 2. The Comets fell behind at halftime 28-23, but outscored the Vikings 47-31 in the final twenty minutes of the game for the victory. Midland dropped a pair of road games in the GPAC conference. The Warriors lost to Hastings (Neb.) by the score of 73-56 on Jan. 30. Midland went to the Corn Palace on Feb. 2, and dropped a 77-69 decision to Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.).
LAST MEETING: Mayville State won the last meeting with Dakota State on Jan. 30 in Mayville, N.D. The Lady T's held a slim 25-24 halftime lead, but the Comets outscored DSU 42-30 in final twenty minutes of the game. The last time DSU and Mayville State met at the DSU Fieldhouse was on Dec. 3, 2011 where the Lady T's came out with a 67-60 overtime victory. Midland raced to a 20-point halftime lead in both teams' last meeting at the DSU Fieldhouse on Jan. 5. The Warriors never trailed in the game as they defeated the Lady T's by the score of 80-68.
LADY T'S QUICK LEADERS: Kylie Westover is averaging 15.5 points per game for the Lady T's this season. She shoots 41.2 percent from the field. Alyson Drooger averages 6.2 rebounds per game (118 total rebounds). She leads the team in blocked shots with 72 (3.8 blocks per game). Drooger ranks second in the nation in blocks per game and fourth in total blocks. Yui Onodera dishes out 80 assists (3.5 assists per game). She is 37th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio of 1.7. Julie Munson records 31 steals (1.4 steals per game).
WATCH & LISTEN IT: Dakota State will have a free live video and audio of Lady T's-Mayville State basketball game on Wednesday night. Fans wanting to follow the action can go to the following link: http://streaming.dsu.edu/Athletics-Live. Midland will be providing a live video stream for Saturday's game with Dakota State on http://www.livestream.com/midlandathletics. All links also will be available on www.dsuathletics.com in the 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
LIVE STATS/PLAY-BY-PLAY: All Dakota State home basketball games will have live stats and play-by-play. The live stats link is available on game day on www.dsuathletics.com under 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State Lady T's basketball and athletics all season long on www.dsuathletics.com. The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log onto www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics. The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook on https://www.facebook.com/DSUTrojanAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State continues their action on the road next week with a pair of A.I.I. conference games. The Lady T's head to Jamestown, N.D. on Feb. 13 to take on nationally-ranked Jamestown College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center. On Feb. 16, Dakota State visits Valley City State (N.D.) in the regular-season finale. The game is slated to start at 2 p.m. at the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse in Valley City, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director